Thursday, 24 April 2014

Chelmarsh - Common Terns

I'd missed the Arctic Tern passage through the Midlands whilst away in Devon (not to mention the Dotterel on the Longmynd!!) so I thought I'd drop in at Chelmarsh, just in case.....

Couldn't believe it - two Terns :-) Unless they were Sandwich (and no way was that going to happen!) , another year tick coming up. I managed to get within id range and it was clear the nearer long (black tipped) billed, long legged long headed Tern was a Common Tern! Judging by the attention being given (when landing on a distant buoy) to the 'partner' these were clearly the same species!

A few record shots.....


Closing in on the detail....


The 'partner'.....


Ahhhhhhh!

As if all the other boxes hadn't been ticked, short tail streamers obvious here....


Arctic (and hopefully Black) to follow??

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